Orji Kalu still in Kuje Prison despite Supreme Court ruling

Former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, is still in Kuje Prison in the federal capital territory (FCT) despite Supreme Court ruling nullifying his conviction..

A federal high court in Abuja had sentenced the current chief whip of the senate to 12 years in prison after convicting him of money laundering and abuse of office.

However, his legal team had challenged the conviction, arguing that Justice Mohammed Idris who handed down the ruling, lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case because he had been elevated to the appeal court at the time he sentenced Kalu to prison.

Last week, the supreme court held that the Fiat that was issued to Idris by Zainab Bulkachuwa, former president of the court of appeal pursuant to section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act was unconstitutional.

The Apex court then nullified the December 2019 judgment by Appeal Court and ordered a retrial.

Many of Kalu’s associates had expected him to have been released from Kuje prison and reunited with his family.

However this is yet to happen as the Supreme Court did not issue any order for Kalu’s release because he did not file any application for such.

The judgment only covers the appeal from Kalu’s lawyers who challenged the propriety of the cCurt of Appeal Judge have tried him.

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Correctional Service, Jaafar Ahmed, has also refused to release Kalu because there was no order from the Supreme Court for his immediate release.

It is not yet certain when Kalu will be approaching the Court to ask for his release.

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